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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!


echrada

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'Classic Shell' can banish Interface Formerly Known As Metro
By Simon Sharwood,

Windows 8 users need not do without a Start button, thanks to an open source application titled Classic Shell that can banish the Interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM).

El Reg's antipodean lab installed Classic Shell on a Windows 8 RTM virtual machine running under Oracle VirtualBox on Mac OS 10.7.4. We can report that the application installed without a hint of trouble, and as soon as we clicked in its shell-like Start button we were offered a nice set of options to arranged Windows 8 so that it resembled versions of Windows past.
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SIW2

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The article is funny:

can report that if Windows 8 is inflicted upon you, it'll do a job.
The comments are worth a peek, too:

More likely an update will come which makes metro tolerable to desktop users.

I think they'll fix it eventually and maybe people will wonder what the fuss is about but metro as it stands sucks on a desktop and does a piddle poor job of replacing what came before.
 

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I've never used any third-party program. I don't know what's wrong with me, but if it isn't a built-in feature, it's near impossible for me to use it. Classic Shell's settings don't look like they are native to the Windows 8 interface at all, and even if I use a skin for the start menu in my mind I know it isn't identical to the Windows 7 start menu, and I can't use it.
 

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Phone Man

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I use Start8 from Stardock. It does not replace the original Start Screen but adds a Start button with a few added features.
The original rollover Start is still there. Has an option to boot to Desktop and also a Shutdown button. It has 5 choices as to the size of the Start Screen, from default Full screen to 4 smaller. They all have scroll bars at the bottom. My screen shot is with the Tall selection.

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Jim :cool:
 

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Coke Robot

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I just use the Start Screen. :cool:
 

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Start screen may be suitable for a tablet.

Worse than useless on a desktop.

But then , it is not a desktop o/s - it is a tablet o/s.
 

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Kebero

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How is the start screen useless on a desktop? I think my arrangement for the start screen shows its usefulness. Note that while I do have some cloud/web apps, I also use Office and Hyper-V.
 

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